Chris Kaltenbach

Chris Kaltenbach

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Biography:
Baltimore Sun film critic.
Publications:
Baltimore Sun , Los Angeles Times
Total Reviews:
108

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1/4 10% I Dreamed of Africa (2000) " Here's hoping your own dreams of Africa are more interesting -- and better acted -- than this movie." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 23, 2014
1/4 15% Dead Man on Campus (1998) " The jokes are few. And the only real reason you'll laugh is that, by the time they appear on screen, you've been waiting so long for the opportunity, you'll laugh at anything." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 15, 2014
3/4 90% In the Mood for Love (2001) " As a study of people determined to remain more true to their values than to their emotions, In the Mood for Love offers an experience like few other films of recent memory." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 15, 2014
2.5/4 88% Amélie (2001) " For such a whimsical film to work, there needs to be something substantial at its center, some grounded character or central conflict. All Amelie has is the lightest, most insubstantial of souffles. And who can stomach an entire meal of that?" — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 9, 2014
3/4 81% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) " Anderson, who co-wrote the screenplay with Wilson, maintains a straight, deadpan tone throughout the film." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Mar 4, 2014
3/4 94% Dark Days (2000) " It's hard not to get caught up in these people's lives, or to be impressed by their resiliency." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Mar 3, 2014
4/4 76% A Beautiful Mind (2001) " A Beautiful Mind is the best film yet from director Howard." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Feb 4, 2014
3.5/4 91% 12 O'clock Boys (2014) " 12 O'Clock Boys shows the culture for what it is: thrilling, compelling and more than a little dangerous." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jan 31, 2014
1.5/4 92% Insomnia (2002) " Christopher Nolan's Insomnia adds 11 minutes to the Norwegian movie of the same name and manages to make everything that was fleeting and tantalizing in the original weighty, literal and dull." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 5, 2013
3.5/4 97% The Iron Giant (1999) " The Iron Giant has a great heart, and I loved its evocation of the days when good old Superman, as uncomplicated a superhero as ever existed, was the height of cool." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 4, 2013
2.5/4 7% The New Guy (2002) " Maybe the only thing revelatory about The New Guy is how redemptive a good heart can be to even the most derivative film. Be prepared to smile." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 11, 2013
1/4 4% Serving Sara (2002) " This movie doesn't play; it just lies there, waiting to be kicked around by anyone unfortunate enough to have shelled out good money to see it." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 11, 2013
1% The Master of Disguise (2002) " The humor here is relentlessly juvenile, and not even the kids in the audience seemed to like it much." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 29, 2013
1.5/4 3% Battlefield Earth (2000) " There's so much to mock in Battlefield Earth, it's hard to know where to start." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 28, 2013
3.5/4 97% The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (2000) " Greenberg led by quiet example -- and left an indelible mark on thousands of young lives, not to mention a plaque in baseball's Hall of Fame." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Mar 19, 2013
3.5/4 86% Lorna's Silence (2008) " Lorna's Silence speaks volumes." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Sep 25, 2009
2.5/4 85% Soul Power (2009) " For a documentary about a music festival, Soul Power doesn't include nearly enough music." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Sep 4, 2009
3/4 48% Taking Woodstock (2009) " Maybe it's all too wonderful to be true, but that's OK. If Taking Woodstock is a fantasy, then it's a most benevolent one, and more power to it." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 28, 2009
1.5/4 13% The Ugly Truth (2009) " The Ugly Truth can't escape its own ugly truth, that the central characters are written to extremes both ludicrous and tiring." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 24, 2009
3/4 44% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) " The sense of wonder the movie engenders is palpable, and anything that makes museums look cool (which this movie does, in spades) deserves a vote of thanks from civilization as a whole." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 22, 2009
3/4 56% The Soloist (2009) " Foxx is magnificent, taking a role that could be exorbitantly showy (actors playing the mentally disabled tend to forget the word "restraint") and turning in a performance that's controlled and mesmerizing." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 24, 2009
3.5/4 87% Earth (Disneynature's Earth) (Planet Earth) (2009) " With such a photogenic and charismatic cast, how could Earth miss?" — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 24, 2009
1/4 13% The Informers (2009) " An awful film about an awful time." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 24, 2009
4/4 84% State of Play (2009) " Nothing is as it seems in State of Play, a crackerjack political thriller in which no individual, profession or institution gets away clean." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 17, 2009
1.5/4 55% 17 Again (2009) " You've seen it done better." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 17, 2009
2/4 44% Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009) " Asked to anchor a full-length movie, she simply doesn't have the chops to pull it off." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 10, 2009
2.5/4 40% He's Just Not That Into You (2009) " It's a film that lets you embrace the lightheartedness of it all, even while chuckling knowingly at the absurdity." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Feb 6, 2009
1.5/4 45% Hotel for Dogs (2009) " Look, I love dogs. But this film tried my patience almost beyond endurance." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jan 16, 2009
2/4 33% Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) " You might chuckle occasionally as the film drones on to a close, but mostly you'll be wondering when it will all end." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jan 16, 2009
2/4 61% The Reader (2008) " Finely nuanced and calibrated performances from Winslet (with a convincing German accent) and Kross notwithstanding, this is one film audiences won't embrace nearly as emphatically as it embraces itself." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Dec 30, 2008
3/4 64% Marley & Me (2008) " I swear, my handkerchief was only out because I've been fighting a cold the past few days." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Dec 29, 2008
2.5/4 14% The Spirit (2008) " Macht's weary, fatalistic take on his heroic duties is right out of the Batman mold, while Jackson's Octopus seems little more than The Joker without all the face makeup." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Dec 29, 2008
1/4 56% The Tale of Despereaux (2008) " A film that seems less interested in telling a story than in moralizing to its young audience about the value of individuality, the danger of prejudging someone, the folly of jumping to conclusions, the joys of altruism, the sorrows of pettiness." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Dec 19, 2008
2/4 52% Nothing Like the Holidays (2008) " Director Alfredo De Villa clumsily weaves his way in and out of the various plot threads, pausing at each one just long enough to let the audience wonder if this movie will ever get past its cliches. It rarely does." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Dec 12, 2008
3.5/4 25% Four Christmases (2008) " Surprisingly deft and sometimes hilarious." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Nov 26, 2008
3.5/4 88% Bolt (2008) " Its script is smart, its conceit a heart-tugger in the finest of senses, and it's the first Disney effort in way too long to be more concerned with being a movie than with being a breeding ground for product tie-ins." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Nov 21, 2008
3/4 39% My Name Is Bruce (2007) " An exercise in self-indulgent filmmaking at its most endearing." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Nov 14, 2008
3.5/4 92% Ballast (2008) " Even as it stubbornly resists any sense of closure, it cautiously reminds its characters and its audience that hope, and the future it promises, is sometimes more a matter of conviction than revelation." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Nov 14, 2008
2/4 63% Changeling (2008) " Even with a running time of nearly 2 1/2 hours (which, to Eastwood's credit, moves along at a brisk pace), it's hard to avoid the feeling there should be more to this story than what made it on screen." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Oct 31, 2008
4/4 81% Vanaja (2006) " A wondrous piece of filmmaking and a sensitive, engaging movie from a first-time filmmaker working on a shoestring budget with a cast of nonactors." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Oct 24, 2008
3.5/4 58% The Secret Life of Bees (2008) " Love and family may not be able to overcome everything, but you couldn't prove that by The Secret Life of Bees, a refreshingly clear-headed film version of Sue Monk Kidd's best-selling novel." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Oct 17, 2008
2/4 43% Blindness (2008) " [A] belabored allegory that fails to even set up any rules, much less abide by them." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Oct 3, 2008
1.5/4 41% Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008) " It's hard to go wrong with a movie full of talking dogs. But the makers of Beverly Hills Chihuahua sure try." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Oct 3, 2008
C+ 41% The Rocker (2008) " It's a film that sometimes wants to be School of Rock, sometimes wants to be This Is Spinal Tap, but ends up more like an uninspired episode of The Partridge Family." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 20, 2008
C 19% Fly Me to the Moon (2008) " The film's respect for its source material goes only so far before reducing everything to the level of an old-style Saturday-morning cartoon, complete with stock characters finding themselves in stock situations." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 15, 2008
B- 61% Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) " Simplistic as can be with its cliched squabbling-family dynamics offering little more than a hook for the 3-D technicians to hang their hats on. But for most audiences, this one included, that was plenty." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 11, 2008
B+ 65% Stop-Loss (2008) " Stop-Loss, a harrowing, emotional indictment of a war that has divided this country like no conflict since Vietnam, delves into what happens when the country doesn't do as well by its soldiers as they do by it." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Mar 28, 2008
C- 25% Drillbit Taylor (2008) " If only it had some funny lines, a focused plot and an idea that stretched beyond the initial setup." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Mar 21, 2008
A 100% Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) " It is, at once, among the most riveting and hard-to-watch documentaries of recent years." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Feb 22, 2008
C 56% Charlie Bartlett (2007) " Seeing itself as a Ferris Bueller's Day Off for the 21st century, Charlie Bartlett the film is instead a testimony to how low we as a culture can stoop." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Feb 22, 2008
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